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“Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.” – Paul Hawken.

Introducing our keynote speakers . . .

Scott Wayne

Speaker, negotiator and co-founder of Envoy a negotiation and market influence firm that works on a small portfolio of discrete initiatives to deliver outcomes that mutually benefit business, environment, and society.

Phil Hansen

Multimedia artist, speaker, author and innovator. Crashing irreverently through conventional boundaries.

Daniel Shannon

Visionary, US Athlete Track & Field, NCAA athlete, Philanthropist

Mark Lanterman

Former U.S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Taskforce, Expert Witness, Professor, Chief Technology Officer.


Wednesday, May 22

7:00 am - 8:00 am
Registration / Exhibits / Breakfast Buffet

8:00 am - 9:30 am

A. Market Disruption: Where Innovation and Negotiation Intersect


9:50 am - 11:30 am

B1. PDF Tools for Productivity

B2. They Want Us to Do What? A FASB Update

B3. Ethics: 50 Shades of Gray

B4. The 7 Principles of Fierce Conversations

B5. Employee Benefit Trends: What Appeals to Different Generations

11:30 - 12:20 Lunch

12:20 pm – 2:00 pm

C1. Excel Power Query - 10 Things You Need to Know

C2. Rolling Forecasts: Best Practices and Implementation

C3. Value of Collaboration – The Art of Relationship Management

C4. Facilitation as a Core Leadership Competency

C5. Me, Too! Concerns for Employers with Harassment and Bullying

2:10 pm - 3:25 pm

D1. Sales Tax Compliance in a Post-Wayfair

D2. Self-Perception, Misconception

D3. How to Identify, Explain, and Present Pertinent Financial Information to Non-Accountants

D4. Developing Resilience to Manage Stress

D5. HR Compliance Update

3:45 pm – 4:35 pm

E. A Different Kind of Different

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Reception - Join us for a short reception on Monday following the conference sessions.  Take this chance to relax, make dinner plans and network with other attendees and speakers.  The first drink is on us!

Thursday, May 23

7:00 am - 8:00 am
Registration / Exhibits / Breakfast Buffet

8:00 am – 9:40 am

F. Deadliest Catch: Don’t Be Another Fish in The Dark ‘Net

10:00 am – 11:40 am

G1. Excel's Best New Features

G2. How to Create and Maintain an Ethics-Based Business Environment

G3. Business Tax Update

G4. Every Day Leadership Skills That Produce REAL Results

G5. Social Media Basics in Business

11:15 - 12:05 Lunch

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

H1. Personal Privacy

H2. Financial Statement Fraud: Issues, Exposures & Answers

H3. How to Manage an Outsourced Tax Function

H4. Communicate Like a Boss without Being Bossy

H5. Sponsored Session: The 123's of Financing

1:55 pm – 3:10 pm

I1. Power BI - Better Reporting the Easy Way

I2. How to Manage Fraud Risks in Procurement & Contracting

I3. Individual Tax Update

I4. The Power of Personal Leadership: 7 Keys to Go from Ordinary to Extraordinary

I5. Microsoft OneNote

3:30 pm - 4:20 pm

J. Embrace the Shake: Transforming Limitations into Opportunities

4:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Door Prize Drawings


CPE: 16 hours available

Add $50 after May 8
$375 Society member ($425 Nonmember)
$325 One Day Member ($375 Nonmember)

Fees include
: electronic handouts, breakfasts, lunches and afternoon refreshments

Group Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more from the same company.

Comfortable Attire: Business casual is typical.  For your comfort, please dress in layers to accommodate typical variations in meeting room temperatures. 

Hotel information:
Holiday Inn
3803 13th Avenue South
Fargo ND 58103
(701) 282-2700
Toll Free Reservations: 877-282-2700

Room Reservations: Please make your room reservations by April 23, to ensure availability.  Mention the conference for a discounted rate of $120/standard room. 

Cancellation and Refunds: Full refund if received 10 working days prior to conference.  A $50 administrative fee is charged if canceling less than 10 working days before conference.  No refunds after May 17.  Exceptions considered on a case by case basis.

Thank You to the Members in Industry Committee:

  • Jason Hulstein, Microsoft, Fargo (Chair)
  • Barry Chouinard, Fargo
  • Dee Ann Ellingson, UND Dept of Accounting, Grand Forks
  • Marci Erbele, Doosan Infracore Construction, West Fargo
  • KrisCinda Erickson, Minn-Dak Farmers Coop, Wahpeton
  • Jackie Gapp, Fargo Public Schools, Fargo
  • Breann Harm, BNI Coal, Ltd.
  • Marie Hestdalen, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Fargo
  • Sheldon Kauk, Eide Ford M-L, Inc, Bismarck
  • Janet Kubisiak, Basin Electric Power Coop, Bismarck (Board Liaison)
  • Andrew Lerud, Bell Bank, Fargo
  • David Manning, Concordia College, Moorhead
  • Barry Maring, Sonmar Management, Fargo
  • Kim Nelson, Microsoft, Fargo
  • Jean Ostrom-Blonigen, NDSU EPSCoR, Fargo
  • Carol Rogne, DFC Consultants, LTD., Fargo
  • Cindy Rott, NDSU Budget Office, Fargo
  • Tamara Sprynczynatyk, American Crystal Sugar, Moorhead

Visit Us:

3100 South Columbia Road
Suite 500
Grand Forks, ND 58201

Contact Us: 

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or (877) 637-2727

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